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The three largest ancestries in North Nowra in 2016 were Australian, English and Irish.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in North Nowra regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of North Nowra's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'


Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
North Nowra - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Shoalhaven City %Number%Shoalhaven City %2011 to 2016
Australian Aboriginal340.60.8450.80.6-11
New Zealander340.60.6561.00.6-23
South African110.20.2200.40.2-9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
North Nowra - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Shoalhaven City %Number%Shoalhaven City %2011 to 2016
Not stated3886.87.92704.97.4+118

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 Australian, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% English, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% Irish, Shoalhaven City: 11.8% Scottish, Shoalhaven City: 10.4% German, Shoalhaven City: 3.9% Italian, Shoalhaven City: 2.2% Dutch, Shoalhaven City: 1.4% Indian, Shoalhaven City: 0.4% Greek, Shoalhaven City: 0.7% Chinese, Shoalhaven City: 0.8% Australian, North Nowra: 45.6% English, North Nowra: 43.7% Irish, North Nowra: 12.2% Scottish, North Nowra: 9.7% German, North Nowra: 4.0% Italian, North Nowra: 1.7% Dutch, North Nowra: 1.5% Indian, North Nowra: 1.0% Greek, North Nowra: 0.9% Chinese, North Nowra: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 Australian, North Nowra: +80 English, North Nowra: +84 Irish, North Nowra: +106 Scottish, North Nowra: +47 German, North Nowra: +19 Italian, North Nowra: +8 Dutch, North Nowra: +8 Indian, North Nowra: +37 Greek, North Nowra: +15 Chinese, North Nowra: +16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in North Nowra in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (2,621 people or 45.6%)
  • English (2,514 people or 43.7%)
  • Irish (702 people or 12.2%)
  • Scottish (556 people or 9.7%)
  • German (230 people or 4.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 6,623 responses in total, or 115.23% of all responses.

The major difference between the ancestries of the population in North Nowra and Shoalhaven City was:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (45.6% compared to 43.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Irish (+106 persons)
  • English (+84 persons)
  • Australian (+80 persons)

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